Best Bordeaux Recipe, Barrel-Fermented …

Best Bordeaux Recipe, Barrel-Fermented Semillon Sauvignon Blanc of Year Arlewood Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Sussex Loc 3991 — Margaret River, Western Australia Winery Profile With a bevy of praiseworthy wineries, contention over the pecking order of Margaret River labels is constant and subjective. However, a small producer called Arlewood is materializing as the sleeper of the region and making infinitely more complex and refined white wines in the Graves style. Their Sussex Loc 3991 cuvee, of which only 300 cases are made from 17-year-old Semillon and 11-year-old Sauvignon Blanc, has the requisite backbone and comparable quality to the great white Bordeaux’s in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. While Semillon is acknowledged as one of the noblest of all grape varieties, invariably blended with its time-honored partner sauvignon blanc, it remains relatively unfashionable and perhaps the most underrated white grape variety in terms of quality, in Australia or the world for that matter. Arlewood ranks as my top selection this year for the “Must-Have Bordeaux recipe of barrel-fermented Semillon – Sauvignon Blanc of the Year” as it is exceptionally well priced and outclasses all the white Bordeaux Blanc’s that I tried, all several times the price of the Arlewood.

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